• R, 1 hr. 51 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Rebecca Miller
    In Theaters:
    Mar 25, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 16, 2005
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The Ballad of Jack and Rose Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Doesn't succeed in everything it sets out to do, but as a statement about the death rattle of 60s counterculture it's thoughtful and affecting.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 8, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A sad tale of isolation and love.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Brandon Fibbs

The Ballad of Jack and Rose, like the community it elucidates, is not perfect. Like the people who try so desperately to make the most of the world in which they live, it is full of flaws, inconsistencies, and shortcomings.

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 5/10

February 28, 2008
Prairie Miller
NY Rock

A disjointed collection of characters whose dysfunctional behavior modes only reinforce the aimlessness of the narrative.

Full Review

March 26, 2007
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

It is the harbinger of great films to come from an exceptional screenwriter and director.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Matthew Turner

Belle is equally good, proving that she's a real movie star in the making - there's a sort of feral energy to Rose that's genuinely scary and disturbingly unpredictable.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

March 30, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's about two-thirds a great movie and worth it for those two-thirds.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 8, 2005
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Generally it works, thanks to the terrific performances.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 13, 2005
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A fable of the end of innocence, complete with such symbols of paradise lost as a snake (a fugitive copperhead) and a toppled playhouse.

| Original Score: '3/4'

May 13, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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As indie efforts go, The Ballad of Jack and Rose pushes a lot of the classic indie audience buttons, coupled with some depressingly mainstream ones.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2005
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Ballad wears out one tale before its end.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2005
Lindy T. Shepherd
Orlando Weekly

[A] strange blend of a daughter's coming of age and a father's advancing toward death.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

May 5, 2005
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The always-superb Day-Lewis and bright newcomer Belle almost redeem this pretentious, improbable scenario. But almost isn't enough.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 3/10

April 29, 2005
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Poignant, melancholic and a little strange, The Ballad of Jack and Rose is an effective rendering of the loss of innocence and the acceptance that some ideals can't survive in a modern world.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 28, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Rebecca Miller's third feature begins as a two-character drama, and it would have been so much better if it had stayed that way.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

April 28, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Murky, disturbing stuff that most of the time does better at repelling viewers than compelling them to stick around to see what happens next.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 27, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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The entire movie seems to be suffering from the same suffocating disease as Jack.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 22, 2005
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Doesn't seem to know what it wants to be, and that's right down to its artificial-feeling ending.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 22, 2005
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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We leave this movie hoping to see Miller and Lewis together again soon.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 22, 2005
Angela Baldassarre

Performances are exceptional in this melodramatic film from the daughter of Arthur Miller.

Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

April 22, 2005
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